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How Often Should I See My Dentist If I Have Periodontal Disease?

How Often Should I See My Dentist If I Have Periodontal Disease?

Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 8:08 am.

Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive condition which can be successfully managed or even reversed. After treatment, it’s essential that you return frequently for dental exams and cleanings. Our preventative care is designed to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.

Periodontal Disease Overview

The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. It develops when dental plaque builds up on teeth, particularly where the gums and teeth meet. Gingivitis is usually reversible, so it’s important to identify and treat it before it progresses.

Gingivitis left untreated can progress to periodontitis, which is an advanced stage of gum disease. The gums begin to separate from the teeth forming spaces called periodontal pockets. Bacteria are trapped in these pockets, causing further inflammation. Periodontitis is characterized by bleeding, swelling, and receding gums, and may cause bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. It can potentially result in damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth, potentially leading to tooth loss.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Treating gum disease requires a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.  Scaling removes plaque and tartar accumulated on the tooth surfaces and below the gum line. Root planing, on the other hand, smoothes out the root surfaces, preventing any further buildup of plaque and tartar, and promoting the healing and the reattachment of the gums to the teeth.

Scaling and root planing usually treat and reverse gingivitis, restoring your gum health. If, however, your gum disease is advanced, you may need additional treatments, including antibiotics or surgical intervention.

How Often Should I See My Dentist If I Have Periodontal Disease?

The frequency of your routine exams and cleanings depends on your gum health. People with healthy gums typically require cleanings two times a year, while people with periodontal disease will need to schedule 3-4 dental visits a year. During your appointment, we will carefully clean your teeth, examine your gum tissue, and measure your pocket depth and gum recession. Our goal is to manage the condition and to maintain your gum and bone health.

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Prevention is the best way to avoid dealing with gum disease. Make sure to brush your teeth regularly and to floss daily. Consider using mouthwash to help reduce plaque accumulating between your teeth. Keeping up with your routine professional exams and cleanings will help keep your gums clean and healthy.

Quality Dental Care in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about managing gum disease and maintaining a healthy smile. Whether you are dealing with gingivitis or periodontitis, we are here to help. Call us today!

Tips and Tricks Every Invisalign Patient Should Know

Tips and Tricks Every Invisalign Patient Should Know

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 9:45 am.

Choosing Invisalign for a beautiful, straight smile is a comfortable, discreet option that works faster and is safer for your teeth than traditional braces. If you’ve decided to opt for Invisalign, the following are some tips to help you get the most out of your treatment.

Follow Your Customized Plan

Make sure you wear your virtually invisible aligners for 22 hours a day. Being removable, it’s easy to forget to wear them and may be tempting to take them off. Make sure you take out your aligners only when eating or cleaning your teeth. Otherwise, you will delay your treatment and you won’t be done as soon as you would like.

It’s also important to change aligners about every two weeks, as per your customized plan. Moving on to the next set of aligners early or leaving them on for a few extra days will interfere with your treatment plan.

Keep Your Teeth and Aligners Clean

Since the aligners fully encase your teeth, saliva can’t reach them to rebuild the enamel surfaces. Additionally, food debris can be trapped, making your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Make sure you follow a meticulous oral hygiene routine, including brushing using fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly.

It’s also important to keep your aligners clean to avoid discoloration, odor, and bacteria buildup. Rinse them every time you take them out and clean them carefully every time you brush your teeth using a soft-bristled brush, especially first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep. You may want to use the Invisalign® cleaning system specially designed for your aligners. 

Store Your Invisalign® Aligners Safely

Never leave your Invisalign® trays exposed when you are not wearing them to avoid bacteria buildup or accidental damage. Carry your case wherever you go in the event you need to take your aligners out to eat.

Give Your Mouth Time to Adjust

While wearing Invisalign® aligners is comfortable as compared to traditional metal braces, you will still need a little time to adjust. You may experience some soreness for the first few days, which should soon resolve. You may also notice a lisp, so practice speaking with the aligners in your mouth, and soon, you won’t even notice they are there. If you have concerns or experience any discomfort, contact your trusted team at May Conte D.D.S. for evaluation.

Live Life to the Fullest

Invisalign® allows you to enhance your smile while living your life to the fullest. You can laugh, eat, take selfies, or engage in athletic activities without any restrictions or interference. If you follow your treatment plan, you will find yourself gradually shaping the smile of your dreams.

Invisalign® in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about enhancing your smile with Invisalign®. We are committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology and techniques designed to deliver beautiful smiles. Call us today!

What Are the Benefits of a CEREC Crown?

What Are the Benefits of a CEREC Crown?

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 3:17 pm.

Do you have a damaged tooth in need of a dental crown? May Conte D.D.S. is proud to offer the revolutionary CEREC Crown system. Treatments with traditional crowns typically taking two or more appointments, but the innovative CEREC technology allows us to design, mill, and outfit you with a fully customized crown in one visit. With their unmatched results, CEREC crowns will have you smiling in no time!

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are tooth-shaped restorations that completely encase teeth to restore their form and function. They are commonly used to protect and strengthen teeth with large fillings, teeth that are cracked, or teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. Crowns also offer cosmetic dentistry solutions for correcting the appearance of misshaped, misaligned, or discolored teeth, or those with any imperfections.

How Does CEREC Technology Work?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is an innovative system that designs and produces superior-quality dental restorations utilizing Computer-aided designing (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology that work to create a virtual model of your crown without the need for any messy impressions. This information collected is sent to our on-site milling unit, which will produce your ceramic restoration out of a ceramic block. 

What Are the Benefits of CEREC Crowns?

CEREC crowns Are Convenient: You won’t have to spend time going back and forth to your dentist’s office as you would with traditional crowns. CEREC crowns are completed in just one appointment!

CEREC crowns require less preparation: CEREC crowns preserve tooth structure because they require less preparation than traditional crowns. 

CEREC crowns fit perfectly: Precise computer generated measuring and control mean that you have a perfect fit the first time.

CEREC crowns are durable: CEREC crowns are made from solid blocks of ceramic, making them stronger and more durable than any other restorations. 

CEREC crowns deliver incredible results: CEREC crowns offer a precise color match, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with your smile. Your restored tooth will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. 

Quality CEREC Crowns Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about same-day CEREC crowns and how they can restore your smile in just one visit. We are committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology and techniques designed to deliver quality restorations. We look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and confident for a lifetime. Call us today!

Amalgam vs. Composites. Why Composites Are the Better Choice

Amalgam vs. Composites. Why Composites Are the Better Choice

Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Even with the best oral hygiene practices, some people will develop cavities. While in the past silver fillings offered the only option to restore your teeth, today you can get tooth-colored composite fillings that will leave you with a bright and healthy smile. Following are some reasons people prefer composite resin fillings. 

Amalgam Fillings Show Wear

Amalgam fillings are set into the cavity after removing any decay, unlike composite fillings which are bonded to teeth. Over time, silver fillings begin to show wear and may become loose, allowing bacteria to enter your teeth. The resulting decay under the restoration often goes unnoticed, which can lead to bacteria making the way down to the root of the teeth, usually requiring root canal therapy. 

Amalgam Fillings Expand and Contract

Amalgam expands and contracts in response to hot or cold temperatures. These movements can eventually fracture or crack the restored tooth or may cause the fillings to loosen. This allows bacteria to enter the tooth, wreaking havoc under your restoration. 

Silver Fillings Contains Mercury

Many patients voice concerns about the mercury present in silver fillings. While this has not been shown to pose a health risk, you may want to opt for composite fillings for your peace of mind. 

Silver Fillings May Cause Allergic Reactions

Some patients have allergic reactions to amalgam. Composites, on the other hand, have not been shown to cause any allergic reactions. 

Amalgam Fillings Are More Invasive

Amalgam fillings require removing more tooth structure than composite resin fillings which leave more of your tooth intact. 

Composite Fillings Are Versatile

In addition to restoring decayed or damaged teeth, composites are frequently used to correct problems with a tooth’s size, color or shape. Composite fillings also work well to repair worn, cracked, or chipped teeth. 

Composite Fillings Offer an Aesthetic Solution

Amalgam fillings have a silver color which can interfere with your smile. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are tooth-colored and textured and blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. The results look and feel incredibly natural, making composite resin the preferred material for filling teeth.

Composite Fillings Strengthen Teeth

Amalgam fillings sit in the cavity with no attachment to the tooth, meaning they do not provide strength to the tooth structure. Composite fillings, on the other hand, bond to your teeth, strengthening and protecting them. Teeth treated with composites are close to a natural tooth’s strength and resilience. 

Quality Care Near Me

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about restoring your teeth using composite fillings. With quality procedures designed to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, you can trust that you are in capable hands. Call us today!

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am.

Nobody wants to hear they have oral cancer. The good news is that preventive care includes oral cancer screenings to detect the early stages of this disease, potentially saving your life. That’s why it is essential to keep up with your routine checkups and cleanings twice a year so that we can identify any problem before it progresses.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can occur in different areas of the mouth including the tongue, lips, gums, cheeks, the roof or floor of the mouth, in the tonsils, and in the salivary glands. 

In the earliest stages of oral cancer, there are often no signs of symptoms. However, routine dental checkups can help identify early signs. Some signs and symptoms include red or red and white patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, ulcers or sores that do not heal, persistent swelling, lumps or thickening of the skin or the lining of the mouth, or pain when swallowing. 

Symptoms may also include a painful tongue, jaw pain or stiffness, a hoarse voice, or a sensation that something is stuck in the throat. These symptoms do not necessarily indicate oral cancer but should be examined to rule out any potential problems.

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

First, we will perform a physical exam to look for abnormalities including sores and white patches. If we find a suspicious area, we may remove a sample of cells for laboratory in a procedure called a biopsy. The sample is examined for cancer or precancerous changes that may indicate future cancer.

If cancer is diagnosed, we will work to determine the stage of the disease and will determine the best course of treatment. We cannot begin to overemphasize the need for keeping up with your routine checkups because identifying oral cancer in its early stages allows for much better chances of full recovery.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Contact us at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about oral cancer screening. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, this quick and simple procedure can potentially be a life saver. We are committed to keeping your smile healthy for a lifetime. Call us today.